On Wednesday, April 8, Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign, presumably clearing the way for Joe Biden to claim the Democratic nomination and become Donald Trump's opponent in November.
One person who couldn't wait to tweet about the news was the President himself.
Trump decided (in the midst of a pandemic which has shut down huge swaths of the country) that now was the perfect time to continue his petty attacks on his political opponents.
Trump first reached out to disappointed Bernie supporters, telling them the Democratic National Committee was part of a conspiracy to destroy their candidate and that they should, of course, become Republicans.
Trump has no evidence to support his claims and, of course, has a long history of spreading conspiracy theories.
He continued to try and sow discord among Democrats by calling out progressive members of Congress who endorsed Bernie Sanders.
Trump's talking points were predictably parroted by his cheerleaders on Fox News.
OUCH! President Trump Thanks Elizabeth Warren for Ruining Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Campaign https://t.co/vLp3lYtA8u— Sean Hannity (@Sean Hannity) 1586377992.0
There were even some Bernie Sanders supporters who felt they agreed with the President.
Yes, I'm retweeting Donald Trump. Because I don't think this is exactly accurate, but I do think bitter Warren sup… https://t.co/cDqpKpR0l7— Save Orangutans. Ban Palm Oil. Buy Rainforest. (@Save Orangutans. Ban Palm Oil. Buy Rainforest.) 1586362444.0
Donald Trump's thought process writing these tweets wasn't hard to figure out for anyone on the internet.
He knows his best chance of winning reelection will be reduced turnout from youth and a split Democratic party.
Pres Trump is in full on attack mode as Bernie Sanders drops out and Trump goes on a tweet storm. Trump is hoping… https://t.co/ELy0IAcFEY— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor) 1586363126.0
It’s now clear Trump’s strategy will be trying to drive down progressive and young voter turnout. Scared to death h… https://t.co/YOof3RvXMp— Adam Best (@Adam Best) 1586367371.0
.@peterbakernyt on Trump tweeting blaming Warren and the DNC for Sanders's loss: "What you saw the president do tod… https://t.co/oSVtxciX5E— Andrea Mitchell (@Andrea Mitchell) 1586363113.0
Most people, however, didn't seem taken in by Trump's obvious attempts to pit them against each other.
I was for Warren, then for Bernie, and now voting for Biden because he’s STILL BETTER THAN TRUMP! https://t.co/psooswj5CO— TATIANNA (@TATIANNA) 1586374891.0
@realDonaldTrump The Republican Party and Trump are the antitheses of everything Bernie Sanders stands for. In short: Go to hell.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas) 1586361682.0
Many openly wondered how Trump actually thought his plan would work.
@realDonaldTrump The only person dumb enough to fall for Donald Trump’s manipulation efforts is Donald Trump.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1586361880.0
Bernie Sanders would do anything to stop Donald Trump's second term in office.
@realDonaldTrump Bernie Sanders has more class and dignity than Trump will ever have. From all of us, #ThankYouBernie.— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino) 1586361167.0
@realDonaldTrump BREAKING: Man who is actively suing to kick 20 million Americans off healthcare, wants to replace… https://t.co/K7Ja3Z9HUG— Chris B (@Chris B) 1586361263.0
As the President tweeted his empty gossip, thousands of Americans continued to suffer due to the pandemic, and true leaders unified to keep the nation running smoothly.
@realDonaldTrump He still hasn’t tweeted a single condolence tweet for any of the 13,000 Americans who died from th… https://t.co/wQ8gVg4Hj6— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1586362620.0
@realDonaldTrump AOC plus 3 plus all Democrats and hopefully a majority of Independents too will be supporting Vice… https://t.co/tCBGz8Hi03— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1586362471.0
In the lead up to November, this will likely be far from the last time President Trump takes time out of his busy day to tweet about Joe Biden.
Perhaps next time he'll try slightly smarter strategy.